Facts and reputation
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The University of Hull – the 'friendly university' – puts
students at the heart of everything we do. We're also proud of our
academic reputation, which reflects the high quality of the
education we provide.
Learn more about our humble beginnings, and what we stand for,
the courses we offer and other little-known facts about England's
14th university and Yorkshire's hidden gem.
A history set in stone
The University of Hull – developed from University College Hull,
which was opened in 1928 – received its Royal Charter on 6
September 1954 (the Charter and Statutes states that the University
College of Hull was incorporated on 7 October 1927). The Duke of
York (George VI) laid the foundation stone in 1928 and the College opened
in October with 39 students and 14 ‘one-man’ departments. There
were 100 students in 1931.
The Hull divide
The University comprises seven sections:
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; Hull York Medical School;
Faculty of Health and Social Care; Faculty of Science and
Engineering; Business School, and Faculty of Education.
The University of Hull has campuses in
the cosmopolitan city of Hull and the coastal gem of
Professor Calie Pistorius is the University's Vice-Chancellor, having taken up his appointment
in September 2009.
The Rt Hon Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone has been Chancellor
of the University since April 2006.
All in the numbers
The total student population at the University of Hull is
approximately 20,000 across Hull and Scarborough campuses. Over
2,500 people are employed by the University of Hull; more than 1000
are academic staff.
The University of Hull's yearly turnover is estimated at
approximately £172 million pounds sterling.
The University has particular research expertise in social justice,
environmental technologies, maritime history, healthcare, 3D
visualisation and nanotechnology – we're also known for
liquid-crystal technology (for which the Department of Chemistry
received the Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement).
In the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 80% of
the University’s research was judged to be of an international
standard in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
The University offers over 2000 courses
a year, from the very latest disciplines to well-established
traditional subjects. Our students have a varied selection of
undergraduate, postgraduate, part-time, foundation and continuing
professional development choices.
We guarantee first-class teaching and learning – the most
recent Quality Assurance Agency institutional review once again
acknowledged the excellence of the University's provision,
expressing broad confidence in both the quality of our courses and
our management of academic standards.
The National Student Survey (NSS) consistently ranks
the University in the top ten mainstream English Universities.
The 2010 International Student Barometer - a comparative study
tracking international students’ opinions of education abroad -
showed that the University continues to deliver first-class service
to its international student body, with 88% of students
satisfied or very satisfied with their experience here. Quality of
careers advice, work experience opportunities for international
students and the number of international societies in our students
union' scored particularly highly.
Hull University Union is one of the most active students’ unions
in the country, with over 150 active societies. In 2012 it was
'Higher Education Students' Union of the Year' in the NUS
Awards. Asylum, its own £3.5 million nightclub, was named 'Student
Nightclub of the Year' in 2003 by the British Entertainment and
The Hull University Social Services Organisation (HUSSO), based
in the Union, is the largest voluntary group in the region, and was
awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Trust Gold Award for Community
Service in 1992
Volumes of knowledge
The Brynmor Jones Library and the Keith Donaldson Library
boast over a million volumes of books and periodicals. There's a
collection of over 60,000 maps; they subscribe to 16,000+
electronic journals, several hundred databases/datasets, plus have
a growing e-book collection. The substantial archival collections
features local/regional history, modern politics, human rights and
civil liberties, and modern literature.
It is to benefit from a
multi-million pound investment, creating a stunning new focal
point for students, staff, and visitors alike.
Hull is a progressive University, investing heavily in
facilities and resources, like refurbished student residences and
catering areas, improvements to the Students’ Union premises, a
moot court room and the creation of a new road, and parking
infrastructure system on campus [read more about
University developments], to name just a few.
This demonstrates our commitment to helping our students fulfil
Larkin was the University’s Librarian for 30 years and he wrote
some of his most celebrated poetry, including the Whitsun Weddings,
whilst at Hull. Other famous alumni include Oscar-winning Director
Anthony Minghella, poet Roger McGough, BBC Radio 4 presenter Jenni
Murray and journalist and former Beirut hostage John McCarthy.